Kara Goucher Blows Away Field at Chicago

August 9, 2009: Kara Goucher showed what she is capable of last weekend. She won the Chicago Rock n' Roll Half Marathon. She wasn't just the women's winner; she won it outright! In her final tune-up for the World Championship marathon, she completed the course in 1:08:05 - more than 13 minutes ahead of the runner-up woman and 19 seconds faster than the first man, Chad Ware. I felt I could run in the 67-to-68-minute range, stated Goucher, who has never lost a half-marathon. The race was great, better than my preparations for Boston. It was awesome to be the first finisher and I wanted to enjoy the crowd. I really liked how the course changed up; there was never a stretch where it was dull." Goucher is bidding to become the first American female to earn a medal in the World Championships marathon since Marianne Dickerson's silver in 1983. Juli Henner, a former U.S. Olympian who helped provide race commentary on competitor.com, observed "featuring an athlete like Kara was awesome, its good for the sport...The course really showcased Chicago. When you take the turn just past the eight-mile mark and you see the skyline, running along the water, hopefully they get the Olympic bid, what a beautiful city to showcase.

Kara is arguably the most accomplished American marathoner to ever commit herself to racing 26.2 miles at the World Championships. She nearly won the Boston Marathon this year, taking off and blowing the lead pack apart at 22 miles. Unfortunately, 2 women were able to stay with her and outkick her after letting her break the wind for 4 miles. Chicago was her final competitive tune-up for August 23's marathon in Berlin and she says her training is going better than it was for Boston. Don't miss this race!

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